I have loved the Grand Strand since my childhood when we came here on our family vacation. I have returned many times through the years, and I recently brought my niece and nephew here for a visit. Yes, Myrtle Beach has more commercialism than some beaches you may visit, but walking on the beach, looking for shells, body surfing, and building sandcastles are all wonderful activities that families can enjoy together and don't cost a penny extra once you're here. Bring along a kite or a frisbee for more cheap beach fun. I also enjoy renting an umbrella from the beach service, which costs $35 per day now, but it allows me to enjoy the beach experience for longer without getting sunburned. There's something so relaxing about watching the waves roll in and listening to the sound of the surf. Certain areas of the strand are more crowded than others in peak season, so it is worth it to keep that in mind when selecting which hotel you'll stay at or which public beach access you use.
My favorite thing about Myrtle Beach is that there are still "mom and pop" run hotels and restaurants if you look for them. But for those who enjoy high rise resorts and "touristy" attractions, Myrtle Beach has plenty of them. There are arcades, water parks, music shows, shopping centers, gift shops, and putt putt courses galore to suit almost every taste. And Broadway at the Beach has a little bit of everything in one central location. For someone looking for something a bit more artsy and historical, I recommend Brookgreen Gardens.
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